G7 unanimity on text without United States on Paris (2)

G7 unanimity on text without United States on Paris (2)

Trudeau issued a statement after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the United States' withdrawal from the worldwide climate agreement earlier this month, saying he was "deeply disappointed" in the decision and that Canada's commitment to fight climate change is "unwavering".

Gian Luca Galletti, Italy's environment minister, told reporters that there is a huge gap between the six countries and the USA on their stance toward the agreement, and the situation is unlikely to change anytime soon.

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, had attended the first few hours of the summit Sunday, but then left to attend a Cabinet meeting in Washington.

While the US signed on to the document, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt included an addendum that makes clear America will not participate in the Paris pact.

The U.S. said it would not sign up to a pledge by Italy, Canada, Japan, France, Britain and Germany which called the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change "irreversible" and key for the "security and prosperity of our planet".

"We are resetting the dialogue to say Paris is not the only way forward to making progress", Pruitt said in statement issued by the EPA after the talks.

Stressing that "we worked to build bridges", Galletti reiterated that for six of the seven members, excluding the U.S., "the Paris climate agreement is irreversible, non-negotiable and the only possible instrument to fight climate change".

It "will continue to engage with key worldwide partners in a manner that is consistent with our domestic priorities, preserving both a strong economy and a healthy environment".


BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) - Top environment officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies met Sunday in Italy amid ongoing differences between the US and other members of the club over how to deal with climate change.

Germany and California agreed Saturday to work together to keep the Paris accords on track and the most populous U.S. state had its own representative at the Bologna talks.

In a statement on Monday, he defended the US position.

The Environmental Summit being held on Sunday and Monday is scheduled to discuss issues that include climate change, sustainable development, and litter at sea, all important issues to everyone and encompassing more than just the environment, but health and the global economy. While further damaging USA relations with its European allies is one damaging effect of leaving the Paris Climate Accord, another harmful ramification a decrease in the United States' global influence.

12 states and Puerto Rico have become members of the U.S. Climate Alliance and remain committed to achieving existing Carbon dioxide emission reduction goals (Green States).

May told Trump at the time that the climate accord was a safety net for future generations.

While this shows that the U.S.is not interested in leading the fight against climate change, it also allows other countries to take over the country's leadership role in this effort.

"President Trump's announced withdrawal [from the accord] has heightened the focus on this fundamental existential threat called global warming, called habitat destruction, called species extinction", Brown said in a speech.

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